May 2014 Meeting

Our season came to a close today. We reviewed the homework that was brought in: compost we made from brown matter, green matter, air and water.

We went out to the garden to add the compost to it and also to see if we could harvest our radishes, but they were still so very small.  We reviewed plants’ needs:   a place to grow, light, air, nutrients, water, and soil, and came to the conclusion that the radishes lacked water.  There is no in-ground sprinkler system, so if there is no rain from the heavens, the garden would not be receiving any moisture.

We did snip some rosemary, basil, and parsley and went inside to wash up and move on to the next thing.

Next, Elizabeth Blow, a third grader, gave her presentation to us on butterfly gardens.  She was trying to get her presentation under 12 minutes, and succeeded!  Now she will advance to a competition on Saturday, June 21.

We washed and chopped the herbs, then added them to softened butter to make herb butter spreads.  We spread them on bread and each had the opportunity to taste the different butters.

While eating the bread and butter we read the book, From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.  Gibbons is a prolific author and has some very good titles to read.

Certificates were handed out, with Dale Watson having the best attendance/t-shirt-wearing/completed homework/JMG Plant Sale worker award and Karly Stevens as a runner-up.

I have enjoyed teaching the Sunflowers this year, my fourth.  I will not be returning in September, as it is time to move on.  Please do let me know how your summers are going and if you want me to take a look at your gardens!

Sincerely,

 

Mary Zimmerman

 

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